Director: Jame Schaefer, Ph.D.
Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Ethics website

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Students who opt for this minor acquire the intellectual resources needed to reflect on the ethical dimensions of environmental issues. Five courses develop the knowledge and skills in the natural sciences, the theological and philosophical traditions, and applied disciplines that are relevant to the minor. It culminates in a capstone seminar during which a particular issue is selected, investigated from the perspectives of the various disciplines, and reflected upon to identify ethical concerns and ways of addressing them. When appropriate and feasible, the capstone incorporates student service in public or private organizations, government agencies, and businesses that are addressing the problem. Students are encouraged to take additional courses that complement the minor and to draw upon them during their capstone experience.

Faculty work together to schedule the required courses so the minor can be completed in two years. Faculty also identify students in their courses who are seeking the minor, guide their learning toward its goals, and help students understand how their courses relate to the minor.

Students pursuing the minor gather at least once a year to discuss the program or a pertinent topic. Upon completion of the minor, each student is presented with a certificate listing the required and complementary courses taken and service learning completed. Consult the program director regarding this minor as early as possible.

Environmental Ethics Minor

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Ethics consists of six courses (18 credit hours) from the courses listed below.

Required Course:
INEE 4997Capstone Seminar in Environmental Ethics3
Science Courses: Choose at least one of the following courses:3
Advanced Ecology
Chemistry in the World
Earth and Environmental Physics
Environmental Engineering (CEEN majors only)
Humanities Courses: Choose at least one of the following courses:3
Philosophy of the Environment
Foundations of Ecological Ethics
Applied Disciplines Courses: Choose at least one of the following courses:3
Health, Science and Environmental Communication
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Topics in Literature (Nature Writing)
Environmental Politics and Policy
Electives - Choose two courses from areas listed above.6
Total Credit Hours18


  • Recommended complementary courses: ANTH 2203 Human Geography and THEO 4430 Religion and Science.
  • ENGL 4931 Topics in Literature may be chosen from the Applied Disciplines Courses when the topic covered is Nature Writing.